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Syndication

This Lord’s Day we will celebrate “Go Global” Sunday.  It is our special yearly emphasis on taking the good news of God’s grace to the far corners of the globe.

 

The basis for our global goal is the grace of God in Christ.  Because we have come to know His grace experientially, we are motivated to give generously and go courageously till all the world has had an opportunity to experience the same gift.

 

William Borden was heir to his family’s massive wealth.  As a young man he was already a millionaire.  His parents gave him a trip around the world as a graduation present from high school.  He was sixteen. 

 

He went to Yale University and there impacted his campus powerfully for Christ.  He eventually surrendered his future to become a missionary to Muslims and to “go global.”  He renounced the wealth and comforts that could have been his and set sail. 

 

He never made it there.  He died at 25 years of age of spinal meningitis, contracted in Cairo, as he studied Arabic.  When the news of William Borden's death was cabled back to the U.S., the story was carried by nearly every American newspaper.  "A wave of sorrow went round the world . . . Borden not only gave (away) his wealth, but himself, in a way so joyous and natural that it (seemed) a privilege rather than a sacrifice" wrote Mary Taylor in her introduction to his biography.  He had written in his Bible, “No retreat, no reserves, no regrets.”  God wants us to live that way as well.  He wants us to “go global” because his grace is global.

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In the mid-1900s Detroit, Michigan was one of America’s greatest cities.  Its population swelled to some 2 million.  Its industrial base, centered on the production of automobiles, made it affluent.  The architecture of the city reflected its optimism and wealth. 

 

But in more recent years its fortunes have changed.  People began to move out into the suburbs.  The population plummeted.  Buildings fell into disrepair and ruins.

 

The demise of Detroit was captured in a series of photos by a pair of Parisian photographers named Marchand and Maffre.  There’s a heavy sadness that these photos prompt (show photos).  The sadness arises from the chasm that exists between what once was and now is.

 

This morning we’re going to take a closer look at a majestic, ancient city that once stood proudly.  It enjoyed the blessings of heaven—Jerusalem, the city of David, the capital city of God’s people.  It gleamed with golden facades beneath the sun’s rays.  But that once mighty city fell tragically.  Thankfully, that fall was not the final chapter in its story.

 

The reason its fall was not its final chapter is because of the amazing faithfulness of our God.

 

Now you may wonder, “What does Detroit, much less an ancient city like Jerusalem, have to do with me?”   Good question.  I want you to consider whether they might be a parable of our own lives.  Is there a gap between what once was in your spiritual life and what now is?  If so, that doesn’t have to be the final chapter in your story.  In God we all have a future and hope!

 

God Is

“God Is Faithful”

Lamentations 3:21-24

 

Key verses: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness (3:22-23).

 

  1. Great fall
    1. Rooted in disobedience
    2. Results in discipline
  2. Greater faithfulness
    1. That is never-ending
    2. That is new
  3. Greatest future
    1. Linked to a person
    2. Launched with a plea
Direct download: IBC_20171022.mp3
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Dios es

"Dios es bueno"

Salmo 34:1-10

 

“…Prueben, y vean que el Señor es bueno. ¡Feliz el hombre que en él confía! “ (Salmo 34:8)

 

  1. Dios es digno
    1. De una adoración ininterrumpida
    2. De una adoración inigualable
    3. De una adoración unida
  2. Dios está trabajando
    1. El responde a nuestras oraciones
    2. El nos rescata de nuestras aflicciones
  3. Dios es Maravilloso
    1. Aceptemos su invitación
    2. Aceptemos su provisión
Direct download: IBC_Espanol_20171015.mp3
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One of the first choruses I learned to sing is entitled “God Is So Good.”  It is simple and child-like, but it is also true and priceless.  Here are the lyrics:

 

God is so good,

God is so good,

God is so good,

He’s so good to me!

 

The famous and brilliant Swiss theologian Karl Barth was once asked if he could summarize his life’s work in theological studies in one sentence.  He answered that he could.  He said it could be summarized in a sentence he learned at his mother’s knee, “Jesus love me, this I know for the Bible tells me so.” 

 

“God is so good” is another summary statement that could encompass the whole of theology and Bible truth.  It will be our focus in this message from Psalm 34:1-10.

 

God Is

“God Is Good”

Psalm 34:1-10

 

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8)!

 

  1. God Is Worthy
    1. Of unending praise
    2. Of unequalled praise
    3. Of united praise
  2. God Is Working
    1. He responds to our cries
    2. He rescues from our crises
  3. God Is Wonderful
    1. Accept his proposal
    2. Accept his provisions
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Direct download: IBC_20171008.mp3
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Todo comienza en Dios

“…Todo fue creado por medio de él y para él.” (col. 1.16)

 

 

  1. Fuiste creado para AGRADAR a Dios (Apocalipsis. 4.11)
    1. Dios quiere que DISFRUTEMOS la vida.
    2. La relación con Dios es una DESICION.

 

  1. Fuiste hecho para la FAMILIA de Dios (Romanos 12.5)
    1. Dios le da importancia a las RELACIONES en la familia.
    2. Fuiste llamado a PERTENECER.

 

  1. Fuiste creado para SER como Cristo (Romanos. 8.29)
    1. La meta es el CARACTER
    2. Debes CAMBIAR tu manera de pensar

 

  1. Fuiste formado para SERVIR a Dios (Efesios 2.10)
    1. Tú eres UNICO.
    2. Dios usa personas ORDINARIAS para hacer cosas

 

  1. Fuiste hecho con una MISION (Juan 17.18)
    1. Tu misión es CONTINUAR la tarea de Jesús
    2. Dios quiere DECIR algo a través de ti.
Direct download: IBC_Espanol_20171008.mp3
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An elementary school teacher gave her children the assignment to draw anything of their choosing.  The children happily began to draw.  She went from seat to seat, looking at each child’s work.  She offered them encouraging comments.

 

One boy was drawing a fireman.  A girl was drawing a pony.  She came to Johnny’s seat and stopped.  She watched him work for a moment but could not quite make out what he was drawing. 

 

“What are you drawing, Johnny?”  “A picture of God,” he responded.  “But,” she gently offered, “no one knows what God looks like.” Without looking up, he continued drawing unfazed, “They will in a minute.”

 

That boy was confident that he could portray God for those who didn’t yet know what He is like.  What about you?  Do you know what God is like—who He truly is? 

 

We can know Him because He has drawn us a portrait of Himself in the world and in the word.  Today we begin a three-part series entitled simply, “God Is.”  The opening message is “Getting to Know the Unknown God.”  It will be based on Acts 17:22-34.

 

It is vital that we know God. How vital?  Jesus said, “And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3).  Let’s get to know Him and by so doing experience life at its fullest!

 

God Is

“Getting to Know the Unknown God”

Acts 17:22-34

 

  1. The Audience

“Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For . . . I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’” (17:22-23).

  1. People are religious
  2. People are restless
  1. The Almighty

“The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man” (17:24).

  1. He is sovereign
  2. He is sufficient
  3. He is savior
  1. The Answers

Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, “We will hear you again about this.” . . .  But some men joined him and believed (17:32-34).

  1. Some respond with contempt
  2. Some respond with curiosity
  3. Some respond with commitment
Direct download: IBC_20171001.mp3
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DIOS ES

“Conociendo al Dios no conocido”

Hechos 17.22-34

 

 

  1. La audiencia

22  Hombres de Atenas, veo que ustedes son muy religiosos en todo sentido,23 porque mientras caminaba observé la gran cantidad de lugares sagrados. Y uno de sus altares tenía la siguiente inscripción: “A un Dios Desconocido”. (17.22-23)

 

  1. Ellos eran religiosos
  2. Ellos eran inquietos

 

  1. El Todopoderoso

24 Él es el Dios que hizo el mundo y todo lo que hay en él. Ya que es el Señor del cielo y de la tierra, no vive en templos hechos por hombres, (17.24)

 

  1. El es Soberano
  2. El es Suficiente
  3. El es Salvador

 

  1. Las Respuestas

32 Cuando oyeron a Pablo hablar acerca de la resurrección de los muertos, algunos se rieron con desprecio, pero otros dijeron: «Queremos oír más sobre este tema más tarde…34 pero algunos se unieron a él y se convirtieron en creyentes. (17.32-34)

 

  1. Algunos lo despreciaron
  2. Algunos fueron curiosos
  3. Algunos creyeron
Direct download: IBC_Espanol_20171001.mp3
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I want to share with you the story of a beautiful young woman named Lauryn Lax.  She is a doctor and nutritionist.  Her mission is to help people struggling with eating disorders and similar issues. 

 

I’ll pick up her story several years ago when she was in her 20s.  She was a fitness fanatic.  She fixated on her weight.  She worked out at the local YMCA every day for hours at a time.  She ate little to nothing.

 

Her friends at the gym took note of the remarkable intensity and consistency of her workouts.  She was growing alarmingly slender.  They began to worry about her well-being.

 

They decided that they would intervene.  One morning they agreed to get to the gym parking lot before daylight.  They saw her park her car.  They converged around it.

 

What they did not know is that Lauryn had prayed that morning for help.  When she weighed herself at 4 am, she tipped the scales at 79 pounds.  She knew it wasn’t healthy.  These friends were to be the answer to her prayers.

 

They gently and lovingly insisted that she go to the hospital.  She resisted at first but reluctantly yielded to them.  Upon examination, doctors discovered that her heart rate was in the 30s.  She was in ICU for 3 days then the cardiac unit for 3 weeks.  For a while it looked like she might have to have a pace maker installed due to heart damage from the anorexia. 

 

But God was gracious.  For a year she worked her way back to a healthier place.  She pursued her studies with a new zeal and vision to help others.  She now has a story of help and healing that is benefitting others. 

 

She attributes the positive turn in her life to these friends.  She calls them her “angels.”  They loved her enough to confront her—painful though it must have been for all involved.  She was blessed to have friends like these that risked their own comfort to confront Lauryn.  We all need friends like these and we need to be friends like these.

 

God’s word calls us to this kind of friendship.  Proverbs 27:5-6 says, “Better is open rebuke than hidden love.  Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.”

 

In this message we will learn that faithful wounds hurt, help, and, ultimately, heal.

 

Proverbs: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Days

“Faithful Wounds”

 

“Better is open rebuke than hidden love.  Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.” (Proverbs 27:5-6).

 

  1. Faithful wounds hurt
    1. The affection behind the wounds
    2. The aim beyond the wounds
  2. Faithful wounds help
    1. Promises of help
    2. Protection from harm
  3. Faithful wounds heal
Direct download: IBC_20170924.mp3
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